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12/29/07

South Plains To See Less Water From Lake Meredith

Water levels continue to drop at Lake Meredith north of Amarillo, and that's forcing water officials to cut the 2008 allotment to 11 cities.  Eight of those are right here on the South Plains.

This week the lake hit another record low of just over 50-feet.  Now, the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority will cut the gallons pumped out of the lake by 5,000 acre feet. One acre foot equals about 326,000 gallons.

Lubbock will lose more than 600-million gallons of water. Plainview, Levelland, Brownfield, Lamesa, Slaton, Tahoka, and O'Donnell will also be affected by these cuts.

Brutal droughts during two of the last three years, and an invasive plant sucking up water caused the dangerously low levels at Lake Meredith. The lake is the main water supply for about 500,000 people living in the Panhandle and the South Plains.

 

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